Saint Margaret Mary: Sister of the Sacred Heart

By Monique Sammut | October 16, 2018
“Mary, I am Thine”

Margaret was born on July 22, 1647.  As a child, she had a great love for Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  She loved silence and prayer very much.  She made a vow to our Blessed Mother that she would become a religious sister.  In honor of this vow, she added Mary to her name.

When Margaret Mary was 17, her mother wanted her to marry.  Since she believed her childhood vow was no longer binding, and in obedience to her mother, she began socializing in hopes of finding a husband.

A New Path

One day, Margaret Mary returned home after attending a dance with her brothers.  Jesus appeared to her, sad that she had forgotten him.  Jesus also assured her that His Heart was full of love for her because of the promise she made to the Blessed Mother.

Because of this vision, Margaret Mary entered the Visitation Convent on May 25, 1671, at the age of 25.

The Sacred Heart

Sister Margaret Mary experienced many trials in her life as a Sister.  She was kind, honest, simple, and patient.  While she was in the convent, Sister Margaret Mary experienced several visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  These visions were the origin of the First Friday devotions and devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Jesus allowed her to rest her head upon His Heart.  He told her that His Heart is burning with love for all of Humanity but we so seldom approach Him.  This saddens Him very much.  Many people doubted the authenticity of her visions, but eventually, she received the support of a Jesuit Priest.

Sister Margaret Mary died on October 17, 1690 at the age of 43.  She was beatified on September 18, 1864 by Pope Pius IX and canonized on May 13, 1920, by Pope Benedict XV.  She is most well known for spreading devotion to the Sacred Heart.

Saint Margaret Mary is the patron Saint of those suffering with polio, those who are devoted to the Sacred Heart, and those who have lost their parents.  Her feast day is celebrated on October 16.  The Visitation Order celebrates her feast on October 17 and on October 20 in Canada.

Let us always remember that the Heart of Jesus burns with love for each one of us.  Jesus is always waiting for us to come to Him in our times of joy, sorrow, need, or simply with gratitude and love.

Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, I implore that I may ever love thee more and more!  Saint Margaret Mary, please pray for us!

“I need nothing but God, and to lose myself in the Heart of Jesus.”  Saint Margaret Mary